Ford SuperVan with 1470 kW electrical power, track tested on the Nürburgring

Ford SuperVan with 1470 kW electrical power, track tested on the Nürburgring

The newest member of Ford’s radical SuperVan series, the electric SuperVan 4 is setting off ahead of a global tour – including Australia.

Official testing and tuning of the Radical Ford SuperVan 4 – officially known as Ford Pro Electric SuperVan – is underway at the Nurburgring in Germany ahead of a worldwide tour including Australia.

But that doesn’t mean that online orders arrive faster at the front door, because the super-fast delivery vehicle is not intended for showrooms.

Instead, it’s a feat to showcase a range of new Ford electric vans that are just around the corner.

The 1470kW electric speed machine has only a wafer-thin connection to the 2024 Ford E-Transit Custom Electric Van Production car with a bespoke performance package that includes competition chassis, slick racing tires, a 50kWh liquid-cooled battery and individual electric motors for each wheel with the promise of a sprint to 100km/h in less than two seconds.

Even the carbon-fiber body is massively pumped and aerodynamically sculpted, as Ford uses the radical van as a flag-waver for its electrification plans — no indication of any sort of production vehicle.

Making his debut at the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​at the end of June, he was the star – finishing sixth in a timed hillclimb, beating the likes of the Porsche 911 Carrera Cup and the Dodge Viper – and is now being groomed for top speed.

“Yes, the SuperVan4 was at the Nürburgring and lapped. We’re quite proud of this piece,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports, in a motorsport briefing with Australian media.

“That was part of the planned testing. This is a great proving ground around the Nordschleife that we use for a lot of vehicles and SuperVan is certainly a part of that.”

He refused to give details of the work that involved the SuperVan being lapped by a Ford Mustang or any plan for a lap record attempt.

“It’s a great spectacle. I can’t give specifics on what exactly it will do.”

Ford is expected to use the SuperVan4 at major automotive and motorsport events around the world, and there is an unconfirmed plan to bring it to Australia – perhaps for the Bathurst 1000 Supercars race meeting in 2024.

“We will use this vehicle for shows, demonstrations and spectacles worldwide,” said Rushbrook.

“The capability of fully electric vehicles in this case is what we have in our Transit van.

“So it has a pretty busy schedule in terms of where to test it.

“It’s going to be in a lot of places and it’s going to be very quick.”

The SuperVan4 is part of a product range that dates back to the early 1970s and is the first of its kind to do without a motorsport-based combustion engine.

The original SuperVan was built in 1971 from a production van and featured a V8 mid-engine from a Ford GT40 Le Mans racing car, the second SuperVan had a fiberglass body over a competition chassis with a 430kW racing V8 engine and SuperVan3 received a radical Bodywork update with a 480kW Formula 1 V8 engine as used by Michael Schumacher to win his first World Championship with the Benetton team.

Paul Gover

Paul Gover has been a motoring journalist for more than 40 years and has worked for newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and television. A qualified general news journalist and sports reporter, his passion for driving has taken him to Wheels, Motor, Car Australia, Which Car and Auto Action magazines. He is a champion racer as well as a World Car of the Year judge.

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